Madame Tussauds Hollywood on Tuesday unveiled the highly anticipated wax figure of the “Queen of Tejano” Selena Quintanilla, who more than 20 years after her death continues to influence music and pop culture. Now fans can see, hug and take photos with Selena’s likeness in California along with other iconic lifelike figures including Marilyn Monroe and Lady Gaga.
“On behalf of our family we would like to express a huge amount of gratitude to Madame Tussauds in creating such an amazing lifelike wax figure of our beloved Selena,” Selena’s sister Suzette Arriaga said in a news release. “This is yet another step in making sure that her legacy lives on and that her fans new and old can appreciate her as a person, an artist and one whom we can all identify with.”
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Madame Tussauds Hollywood announced plans in July to immortalize the legend with a wax figure after more than 10,000 Selena fans signed a Change.org petition requesting the honor. Madame Tussauds worked in partnership with the Quintanilla family as well as a team of sculptors and artists to recreate a 1993 stage look from Selena’s concert performance at Memorial Coliseum in Corpus Christi. The Grammy-winning album “Selena Live!” was recorded there.
On Selena’s Facebook page, fans poured in with their thoughts about the new wax figure. “It’s so amazing as a fan to see this happen,” wrote Clarissa Ramirez. “Her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, makeup line, (and now) her own wax figure. She’d be so proud of all her accomplishments if she was alive to see it today.”
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This fall there will be more posthumous honors for the pop culture icon. In October, Selena will be inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame and MAC cosmetics will release a limited-edition Selena makeup line.
“At Madame Tussauds, our figures represent icons who have made a significant impact on our culture. That perfectly describes Selena,” Colin Thomas, general manager of Madame Tussauds Hollywood, said in a news release. “Her influence has transcended generations and her passionate fans continue to be inspired by her to this day. We recognize this and in response, we are proud to join her fans in celebrating her legacy by immortalizing her.”
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